Country Day and Northlake Christian are looking for additional quality matchups before they reach the girls soccer playoffs.
They both got one when the teams squared off on Monday evening in a non-district game at Northlake Christian in Covintgon.
Country Day (8-8-3) wound up on the right side of things, coming out with a 2-0 win.
“These are really hard matches,” said junior Maddie Michaud, who scored one of the Cajuns’ goals. “Northlake Christian is a really good team. It kind of shows where we are going into the playoffs.”
Neither team could get anything moving in the first few minutes, and both squads had only one shot on goal in the first part of the opening half. The Cajuns had their first strike at goal in the opening moments, but before that, anything from either side came from more than 20 yards out.
That lack of offensive presence kept things decidedly slow in the first half.
Things opened up when halftime crawled close, however.
In the 37th minute, Michaud sent a shot from the right side of the box to the net that opened the gap to 1-0.
In the second half, Christina Wong followed with a ball in the 48th minute that connected with the NCS box. The shot made things 2-0 and gave the Cajuns a decided advantage.
Northlake (9-10-2) didn’t take a shot a shot from that point of the second half.
“We’ve been working around the goal all season; just looking for things to go down” Country Day coach Glenn Benjamin said. “Last weekend, we went to Mississippi on a retreat, and we focused on a little more bonding. We’re understanding one another. This is the time for it (heading into the playoffs).”
Northlake Christian coach Jennifer Babcock said despite the loss, her team is shaping up well heading into the postseason. She was without three starters on Monday evening.
“This shows us where we are,” Babcock said. “We have work to do, but I think we looked good, without some starters and against a good team.”